Supreme Court Chamber issues its First Decision

The Supreme Court Chamber has issued a decision on the appeals filed by lawyers for Civil Parties against the Trial Chamber's oral decision in August that barred civil parties from making submissions relevant to sentencing and from posing questions to character witnesses. This is the first ever decision by the Supreme Court Chamber.

In its decision, the Supreme Court Chamber finds the appeals inadmissible, citing the sentencing and character decisions fall outside the scope of the ECCC's Internal Rule 104 (4) which specifies immediate appeals. In its reasoning, the chamber also cites such decisions can be appealed only at the same time as an appeal against the judgement on the merits.

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